The X-51A Waverider flew its fourth and final mission May 1 over the Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center Sea Range May 1, 2013,during which the test team achieved a record-setting 210 seconds of air-breathing hypersonic flight. Flight testers from Edwards Air Force Base, Cali., played a vital role in the program's success. (U.S. Air Force photo/Bobbi Zapka)

Boeing Reveals Plans for Hypersonic Jet

Boeing has unveiled its first passenger carrying hypersonic vehicle concept, which, in theory, could fly as fast as Mach 5. The concept was brought forward at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Aviation 2018 conference in Atlanta.

The idea is still in its early days and the long term development plan would have commercial and military applications. It could take around 20 to 30 years until the hypersonic jets are put to use.

“We’re excited about the potential of hypersonic technology to connect the world faster than ever before,” said Kevin Bowcutt, senior technical fellow and chief scientist of hypersonics. “Boeing is building upon a foundation of six decades of work designing, developing and flying experimental hypersonic vehicles, which makes us the right company to lead the effort in bringing this technology to market in the future.”

Boeing chief executive Dennis Muilenburg said the hypersonic concept could one day “redefine aviation and connect the world faster than ever before”.

Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners, defence, space and security systems, and service provider of aftermarket support. As America’s biggest manufacturing exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in more than 150 countries. Boeing products and tailored services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defence systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based logistics and training.

Boeing has a long tradition of aerospace leadership and innovation. The company continues to expand its product line and services to meet emerging customer needs. Its broad range of capabilities includes creating new, more efficient members of its commercial airplane family; designing, building and integrating military platforms and defence systems; creating advanced technology solutions; and arranging innovative financing and service options for customers.

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